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July 19, 2011


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Hi Michael,Im just wondering, why cant PPP have ONE QUESTION each state-wide poll for the GOP that includes only declared candidates. The other questions, you could add or take-out anyone you want.But at least the Declared Candidates question would be consistent from one state to the next, one poll to the next.The data would be more meaningful because there would be no variables.

Michael Sadowsky

Perhaps the variables are the VARIETY of candidates that each polling company includes.That certainly makes it more difficult to compare polls, but this should become less of a problem as we get closer to the election.However, I think the divide goes beyond just which candidates are included. For instance, PPP has stronger Bachmann numbers compared to other pollsters even with Perry and Palin in the mix. In Iowa none of the recent polls include Palin or Perry, but Magellan still has Bachmann doing much better relative to Romney than the live telephone interview polls.

Robby S

Wheres Sherrod Brown? Hes definitely 2016 material...


I cant thank you enough for polling the same-sex marriage questions. Its truly fascinating to see the results on a state-by-state basis, and the polls that you have conducted in the various states that you have surveyed recently are beginning to provide a much clearer picture of the complex and nuanced views that our country has, since states vary so widely on the issue. Its very much appreciated!!


sorry, posted my comment in the wrong place.


Perhaps the variables are the VARIETY of candidates that each polling company includes. For example, If one company includes Perry, another doesnt, who does Perry take from in the poll hes included in and who benefits from the poll hes left out of?Until you guys ALL GET TOGETHER and each run ONE SET with declared candidates only, there will be very little to compare.


I think Kirsten Gillibrand should have been included in this poll.


Thanks for asking about gay marriage-related issues. Youre awesome!

Dustin Ingalls

Folks, at this point, all the candidates we include are declared except Perry and Palin, and its very likely Perry gets in soon, and then we always do a without Palin version. So Im not sure what the complaint is.

Revolution 2012

Michael.i agree with Bosman.Why not take the lead with one question of declared candidates.Dont worry about other polling cos. Let them follow PPPs lead.Id say there are more pros to doing this than cons.

Michael Sadowsky

No list of candidates would be consistent with all other polls as many other polls also include possible candidates such as Perry, Palin, or sometimes even Giuliani. In addition, there is some variety in which declared candidates different polls include, such as whether Santorum is included.


I just want to echo a previous commenter to thank you for polling on gay marriage. You guys are doing the best job on polling that issue at the state level.One complaint: New Hampshire already has gay marriage and the main issue there is whether the GOP-controlled legislature should repeal it. So I would have framed a question in terms of support or opposition to repeal. When you poll in any of the six SSM states or DC, you should similarly frame the question that way.

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